We Need Sober, Sanitary Shelters Now

This is the sad legacy of 10 years of the leadership of our current State House Majority Leader who I am running against. Democrats in our state with good intentions but a failure to understand human nature have turned our region into a destination for the homeless. They are literally “Detroit’ing” the Seattle area through multiple public policies, and it shows in every community, overpass, onramp and offramp in Western Washington. It’s time for a leadership change. I support mandating sober shelters in all larger jurisdictions. These shelters should have police presence, sanitation and counseling for mental health, drug addiction & job opportunities.  

Business Restrictions to last until two days after the November election?

Washington Applied Code (“WAC”) is the bureaucratic code for the State of Washington. This quote is from the State L&I website regarding Safety And Health Core Rules, bottom of the first page of the form:

Note: Emergency rule WAC 296-800-14035 – ‘2019 Novel coronavirus prohibited business activities and compliance with conditions for operations’ effective July 8, 2020 through November 5, 2020, is appended to the end of this book.

In other words the State Emergency Coronavirus restrictions on businesses are set to last between now and precisely 48 hours after the November General Election. This means the date has not been set with regard to science or numbers, rather the date has been set politically.

Much of our State response to the virus has been political. My opponent, the Democrat House Majority leader for these past ten years, is refusing hold a special session of the State legislature to address the Coronavirus emergency before the election. And even though we have recently been projected to have a State budget shortfall of 9 Billion over the next three years he is refusing to call for a special session to address the budget.

I think our dates for business restrictions should be based on numbers and science. I think we should hold a special session of the State House immediately to address the State response to the virus and the projected budget shortfalls.

And I hope you will join me in helping my opponent retire as originally planned.

Coronavirus shutdown – I believe we must reopen our state faster

I believe we should immediately fully reopen the State and have contacted each of our 47th District legislators encouraging them to call for a special session to end the shutdown. The people of the State of Washington and the 47th District are hard working, resourceful, smart, and generally great individuals. And they are losing homes, jobs, cars, businesses, regular medical care and increasingly the ability to provide for their children. The people of our State and District are smart enough to social distance and practice proper hygiene, and to sequester those who are at risk. We need to reopen now.

Ted Cooke for Washington State House of Representatives District 47, Position 2

Special note about the Coronavirus Disease-

Information on the Coronavirus Disease
CDC Coronavirus Disease 2019 information page –

Help if you’ve lost your job or business –
Washington State Employment Security Coronavirus page

Help if you’re facing food shortage –
Kent Food Bank

Help for Senior Citizens –
Washington State DSHS “Agencies Which Help” page

Help for families with children –
Washington State Department of Children, Youth and Families “Getting Help” page

Here is the message I believe our leaders should be giving us –
1.  We still don’t have a full handle on the scope of the Coronavirus disease, which means we still don’t really know the mortality rate
2.  In the coming weeks & months as testing comes on line, were going to identify first tens of thousands, then hundreds of thousands, then millions of cases, very quickly.  This is to be expected.  When the 2009 H1N1 virus hit, it affected over 60 million U.S. citizens, and caused over 12,000 U.S. deaths.  So far Influenza A has killed 18,000 U.S. citizens since the start of the flu season, a tragically regular figure.
3.  We do need to socially distance because this is a previously unknown variant of Coronavirus disease, and people over 80 or with existing lung and heart conditions should self isolate for the time being.
4.  Right now most of the cases identified have been in hospitals, or very sick individuals.  This has led to very high estimates for the disease’s mortality rate.  As we discover additional cases of individuals who have had the virus with no or only mild symptoms  – Tom Hanks, Rita Wilson, several of our leaders now – we’re going to see estimates of the disease’s mortality rate pushed lower and lower.
5.  People are hurting financially, mentally and – with many being effectively shut in and under stress – physically.  This is the most disruptive event to Western daily life since WWII.  We came together at that time and we’re coming together now.  I support tax relief, the President’s individual stimulus plan and the fast tracking of vaccination development.  We’re going to get through this together.

Ted Cooke


I’m running to represent you in the State Legislature and I’d like to hear your ideas. I want to know what you think government is doing well and where it needs to do better. Please call or email me anytime.

I’m a senior software tester and life-long community volunteer who lives in Covington, Washington with my wife Jalene, our five children and our two dogs. I’m currently serving as an elected precinct organizer and in the past I’ve served as a Director for Timberlane Homeowners Association and as a Director for the Africa education non-profit Portable Academic Lapdesk (PAL).


Personal Cell: 206-779-8495
Email: Ted.Cooke@outlook.com

“Ted’s character exemplifies honest integrity and conviction to truth. He is driven with conviction to represent his constituents’ needs and interests.”
-Donald Tilly, Paccar ITD Audit Manager (Retired), U.S. Marine (Retired)

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